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Fired From Your Job? How to Predict if Your Unemployment Claim will be Allowed or Denied
Most people who are fired are approved for unemployment benefits but there are certain scenarios where one is going to have a difficult time. You are likely to lose if you have a pattern of misconduct that has been documented and where you have been warned. If you have shown a disregard for the employer’s interest why should your unemployment claim be approved?
The following are some of the more common reasons people get their unemployment benefits denied after they have been fired from their job.
Many people are fired for issues related to attendance. Were you fired for repeatedly missing work or for being tardy? What is the employer’s policy regarding attendance? At some point you should be warned that being absent or tardy is unacceptable. No call, no shows are especially damning. If you continue the behavior it ultimately will lead to a written warning or possibly a last chance agreement. If you continue to be absent or tardy you will not only be fired but your unemployment claim will be denied. It is all about policy, documentation and, warnings.
Were you fired for theft? If it is clear cut that you are guilty you will be denied unemployment benefits. For example, did you admit to the theft or was it caught on camera? Were you caught in a sting? Monkeying around or falsifying time cards is considered theft of time.
Seasoned unemployment adjudicators are good at what they do and generally do not rush to judgement. These adjudicators know full well there are very good employees caught up in bad situations, environments, etc. If you were fired for theft but there is no evidence you are guilty you should be ok with your unemployment claim. I mean you may have been fired which is bad enough but your claim should come out ok.
Drugs and/or Alcohol
Issues related to drug and/or alcohol abuse gets many fired and this is also a good way to get your unemployment benefits denied. If your employer has a policy and if you have received and/or signed a copy of it you are already in a hole. Did your urinalysis come up dirty or did you refuse to take one—if so you are in trouble. Don’t ever come to work with alcohol on your breath or under the influence of any drug. It is a good way to hurt yourself or another, to get fired and, to get your unemployment benefits denied.
Again, the issue is misconduct and most of the time, it has to be multiple episodes of misconduct. Most people who are fired do not fall into the misconduct category and are approved. It is also true that states vary in how they administer the unemployment claims program. For example, some states are more rigid than others, some pay out higher benefit amounts, etc. If your claim is denied you can file an appeal to have it looked at again.
I hope your claim is approved! Best wishes!